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#1 of 638 carlady
Oct 09, 1998 (10:37 pm)
Well, just when we thought the Love Bug was "only
a movie," VW brought a new smile to the boomer
generation by presenting us with an update. We're
coming up on the end of the first model year and
ready to greet the 1999 models. What's next for
the VW people-magnet?
And did I say "us" in that reference to the
boomers -- a typo I assure you!
#2 of 638 What does "Punch Bug" mean?
Oct 09, 1998 (11:05 pm)
The way I've heard it, when the "old" beetles came out, their shape generated much excitement whenever kids spotted them.
As kids are always looking for something to relieve the boredom of a car ride, someone along the way invented a game called "Slug Bug." The object of this children's game was to be the first one to spot a VW Bug, shout, "Slug Bug!", then "playfully" punch the kid sitting next to you.
"Punch Buggy" is just a natural (to a kid) extension of "Slug Bug."
My eight year old niece thinks that I must see alot of kids punching each other as I drive around. So far, children have appeared to be sweet, smiling angels. Maybe they're just discreet. :O)
#3 of 638 carlady
Oct 11, 1998 (1:15 am)
When I was young (that was just moments ago, mind you!) we played Jigger. That's what you said when you saw a station wagon. If you said it first, you got a point. If you said it and it wasn't a station wagon after all, you lost two points! We weren't allowed to slug each other... I like your version better!
#4 of 638 And then...
Oct 11, 1998 (5:49 am)
Somewhat later in life, we played
"" P'Diddle "". In this game, the first one to spot a car on the road with one headlight burned out said "P'Diddle" and was then granted the right to kiss the nearest member of the opposite sex.
I'm not going to say what happened when some bright, enterprising guy thought "Hey, what about when one tail light is out"?! [8^O
#5 of 638 carlady
Oct 12, 1998 (4:36 pm)
-- a certain amount of throat clearing -- that's enough now bnormann, let's return to the New Beetle
#6 of 638 Green Beetle
Oct 12, 1998 (4:56 pm)
I still want to know what's going on with the green Beetle. Anyone have any info?
#7 of 638 carlady
Oct 12, 1998 (6:56 pm)
Well, pam 2, I have just conducted an informal, unscientific survey on color availability by calling the only Volkswagon dealer in Our Nation's Capital. Mino, of Martens VW, gave me the following information on NB colors from his vantage point.
The green and yellow Beetles were released mainly in California and Florida. If you want one now, prepare for a 9 - 12 month waiting list. For gasoline Beetles, black, red, and white are most readily available. Diesel Beetles are most likely to be white, black, or bright blue. The silver Beetle is wait-listed and he has never seen the windsor/navy Beetle at his dealership.
Having said all this, a truckload of green Beetles may show up just as I post this.
To see the green Beetle, check out the gallery at the Volkswagon web site. Just keep clicking Next until you see the Beetle in green.
#8 of 638 pam2
Oct 12, 1998 (8:10 pm)
Too bad there's not many green Beetles. Why should California and Florida get them all? I thought that was the best color in the brochure!
Oct 13, 1998 (4:17 pm)
Question for you...
I've noticed that COLOR seems to be very important to you.
For a lot of my woman (and sometimes men) customers, COLOR is EVERYTHING!!! Drives me nuts!! I'll get a phone call on a used car from a woman. First question..." What color is it?"
If I say it's green. They will ask me ten more questions about what shade of green etc.
Now, for me, anyway, having bought a lot of cars in my lifetime, both new and used, color has never been all that important. If a new car is available in, say, six colors, I would probably be content with three out of the six.
I guess we all all different...Just drives me nuts sometimes...Don't mind me...just venting.
Carlady, it's getting boring...Want me to stant some VW stuff?
#10 of 638 Color
Oct 13, 1998 (7:14 pm)
Yeah, I guess color is important to me. Living in Texas, first of all, I'm concerned about having a car that's too dark because of the intensely hot summers here. I frankly just don't like white or black - too common/boring I guess. Bright yellow is completely out of the question! I've always said I wouldn't own a bright red car, either, but my new Hatchback is exactly that! But since I bought it used, I didn't really have much choice.
I can't explain why... I guess maybe because I look at the car every day and want something I consider pleasing to my eye. I'm especially fond of green - it's sort of my "signature color" because I have green eyes (silly, ain't I).
All the colors of green were the color of the 1990's. I predict that shades of purple will the color for the first decade of the 2000's. By the way, what will we call that decade? 80's, 90's, etc. are easy. Will we call it the 2000's then the teens, 20's, etc.?
I've been disappointed in Honda's colors in the past couple of years. It seems like everything is either white, almost-white, black, almost-black, or red. The almost-black colors - purple, green, blue, etc. - are very attractive, but again in Texas it gets awfully hot in a dark car.
Hey, what did you think of the post from neilmcg? I had to laugh!